Man with prosthetic leg who climbed transmission tower in West Columbia is brought down safely

Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 5:54 PM EDT
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WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The West Columbia Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team safely brought down a man who climbed a transmission tower in West Columbia.

Officials say a 59-year-old man was talked down from the tower located at the intersection of Charleston Highway, Airport Boulevard, and Williams Street around 6:30 p.m. after receiving a call for service at 4:20 p.m.

The man was brought down uninjured and later transported to the hospital for medical and mental health evaluations.

West Columbia Fire Department, Cayce Fire and Police Departments, and Lexington County Fire Department assisted during the incident.

“This type of call illustrates how our officers work with assisting those in a mental health crisis,” said West Columbia Police Chief Marion Boyce.

Boyce added how thankful he was for being able to bring the man safely down and make the needed resources, followed by a “thank you” to all the departments involved during the situation.


A man with a prosthetic leg is climbing a transmission tower on Charleston Highway, near Airport Boulevard in West Columbia.

According to our crew at the scene, traffic is being impacted.

WIS will have more information as it becomes available.

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